Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

by Emily Ann Peterson
Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

by Emily Ann Peterson


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Finally, a definitive explanation of bravery.

Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous is a deeply vulnerable & rebellious how-to memoir for people who are tired of feeling like they should be brave but don't know how courage could possibly unfold from their current fears and comfort zones. You'll finish Bare Naked Bravery empowered to confidently practice and build your own creative courage beyond your wildest imagination.

Build Your Bravery, One Step at a Time.

No one is a stranger to moments of terror and “stuff” hitting the fan. Fear will rear its ugly head no matter your background, upbringing, career path, or goals.

But how do we get brave without getting reckless? How can we encounter life with great abandon and wise courage? How do we stand for ourselves and others without having a panic attack? What does bravery even mean? How do we recreate it? Is it born or built?

Author & singer-songwriter Emily Ann Peterson asked these same questions in 2013 after a life-altering, career-halting diagnosis of a degenerative neurological disease in her right hand. As a full-time cellist, her music career was forever changed. Unbeknownst to her, it was changed for the better.

Knowing she’d have to “be brave,” but not knowing what that really meant, Emily Ann got curious. Really curious. Surviving an eating disorder, starting a music career during a recession, and venturing into uncharted territory post-diagnosis are just some of her personal feats of bravery. Unveiling these stories of everyday heroism, she paints a clear and vibrant picture of what courage looks like for those who don’t feel courageous. (Hint: True bravery never feels brave.)

In Bare Naked Bravery you will learn to:

  • Use your fear, instead of fighting it or running from it.
  • Identify the 3 types of bravery in yourself and your surroundings
  • Infuse creativity into your courageous acts for exhilarating results
  • Weave the 12 ingredients of bravery into your daily life
  • Ask questions that boost courage instantly
  • Use Emily Ann’s favorite bravery building tools
  • Create a daily practice of building bravery

Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous is an extremely vulnerable dive into what bravery means, how it looks, and how to build it with a daily practice of expression and mindfulness.

Now a singer/songwriter and teaching artist for fellow courageous creatives, Emily Ann takes readers and listeners of the Bare Naked Bravery podcast community beyond the walls of vulnerability, using wide imagination and sharp skills of improvisation.

Learn how to be confident and unshakably strong. The world is waiting for your Bare Naked Bravery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999729410
Publisher: EAP Media Int'l
Publication date: 01/28/2018
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Why We Need Your Bare Naked Bravery

How to Use This Book

--- PART ONE ---

The Cycle of Creativity & Courage

As told through an eviction & diagnosis

Defining Creativity & Courage

Between a Rock & a Hard Place

When it comes to Bare Naked Bravery, our external constraints are hard, if not, impossible to control.

The 3 Forms of Bravery & How to Find Fairy Godmothers

Internal Bravery

External Bravery

Finding Fairy Godmothers

Resonant Bravery

Why We Do Brave Things

Reason 1: Because It’s Contagious.

Becoming Conscious of Our Bravery

Reason 2: Because It’s Worth It.

Reason 3: Because It’s Needed.

Triple Threats

--- PART TWO ---

Vulnerability = Risk + Context + Honesty


Benefits of Boundaries & Being Bullheaded

Are your boundaries proactive or reactive?

Is this my boundary or someone else’s?

Who determined the location of this boundary?


Feng Shui or Funk Shooey?


Where is your place of belonging?


Imagination = Defiant Expectation + Vision of Possibility + Constraints

Defiant Expectation

Vision of Possibility

Imagination rarely bothers with asking reality for permission or a second opinion.

Reading Shadows


Constraints aren't all "bad."

Here's what I suggest: Use Constraints Like a Tool

FYI: Fear is a Constraint.

Improvisation = Intuition + Friction + Power of Choice


Internal Guidance

External Guidance


Power of Choice

Rules of Improvisation

Turning Victimization Into Your Power of Choice

--- PART THREE ---

How to Build Your Bravery

Is Bravery Born or Built?

5 Characteristics & 5 Gifts of Practicing Bravery Building

1: Curiosity

A Side-note About Creative Leaks

2: (Un)censored

So how does this practice of bravery help when life is handing us constraint after constraint after constraint?

3: Frequency

So how often? And for how long?

4: Fluency

Pick the right tools.

Pro-tip: Allow your strengths to lead your practice.

5: (Im)permanence

1) Impermanence is a reminder of safety.

2) Practicing impermanence is a reminder that everything is temporary, even fear.

3) Impermanence is a reminder of potential.

The 5 Gifts Found Within a Practice of Building Bravery

1) Self-care.

2) Permission to be imperfect.

3) A chance to discover what could be.

4) A chance to sense the next steps.

5) Hope.

Putting It All Out There

Bravery Building Tools

Bravery Building Tool #1: Expression

What the hell is impermanent stream-of-consciousness writing?!

How it all started...

Why I Burned ALL My Journals

Handwritten? Typed?

Express yourself in a native tongue.

Use a timer.

The Basics of Building Bravery with Expression

Bravery Building Tool #2: Feel it.

Bravery Building Tool #3: Meditation

Bravery Building Tool #4: Masterminds & Shared Experiences


Shared Experiences

Appendix A: Bravery Boosting Questions

Appendix B: Book Club Guide

Brave Take-Away: Hero List

Appendix C: Recommended Resources



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